New footbridge to be built over creek near Wheeling Jesuit


The Lennox and Pleasanton neighborhoods are going to be connected via a new walking bridge, according to the Wheeling City Manager’s Office.

Thanks to an anonymous donation to Wheeling Jesuit University, the Big Wheeling Creek will once again be spanned by a bridge, ever since the previous footbridge was closed in December 2017.

“The footbridge is an important part of the walkability of our neighborhood,” said Mark Phillips, Chief of Staff at Wheeling Jesuit. ” Families coming to Pleasanton playground, neighbors and WJU students walking to nearby businesses will truly appreciate having access to this linkage.”

After 60 years, the footbridge was closed after engineers determined the structure was no longer safe for pedestrians to use.

The new bridge will be constructed out of aluminum. Work is expected to begin in October, and completed before the end of 2018.

Currently, plans aer being discussed for the removal of the current structure over the waterway.

“We appreciate the partnership with Wheeling Jesuit University and very much thank the donor,” said Robert Herron, Wheeling City Manager. “The footbridge has been a fixture in this neighborhood for more than 60 years. We are looking forward to the completion of this project.”

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